Riders rescued after getting stranded on roller coaster at New Jersey boardwalk

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A roller coaster that replaced an attraction on the New Jersey boardwalk that fell into the ocean during Superstorm Sandy stranded riders Wednesday just months after opening.

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Eight passengers were safely removed from the Hydrus ride around 5 p.m. at the Seaside Heights Boardwalk after a car got stuck verticallyaccording to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

"Safety is the top priority of the amusement park and attractions industry," Maria Mastoris, a spokeswoman for the Casino Pier, said in a statement.

The Hydrus, a green and bright blue coaster, has a 72-foot vertical drop and reaches speeds up to 45 mph. It opened in May and replaced the JetStar, which was knocked into the ocean during Superstorm Sandy.